Expert Witness Says Michael Jackson Hid 15-Year-Long Addiction to Painkillers

Wrongful death trial enters its 77th day of testimony

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A liability suit against concert promoter AEG Live for the wrongful death of Michael Jackson brought forth an expert witness on drug addiction on Tuesday. Dr. Petros Levounis said Michael Jackson suffered from a “quite extensive” addiction to painkillers in the last 15 years of his life, CNN reports.

It’s a not so startling disclosure, considering the singer himself cut short a 1993 concert tour to check into rehab for a painkiller addiction. Nonetheless, AEG’s defense team called on the doctor to lend support to its argument that no one at the company knew the extent and depth of the singer’s addiction in the last years of his life.

Levounis testified that the close friendship between Jackson and his former doctor, Conrad Murray, created a secretive pathway of opioids between provider and patient. Murray was sentenced to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter, but Jackson’s aggrieved family members maintain that the circle of responsibility spreads wider.

The trial continues.


The same Dr. Petros Levounis  you've cited above, the drug addiction expert who testified Tuesday and Wednesday for AEG Live,  also “acknowledged there was no evidence the singer used more painkillers than medically necessary.Under cross-examination Wednesday morning Levounis also conceded that he never saw evidence that Jackson injected himself with narcotics, ever sought or used illegal drugs such as cocaine, meth or heroin, or abused drugs to produce euphoria or get high."

There was "no evidence Jackson used more painkillers than doctors prescribed," Dr. Petros Levounis said.


That is not all he hid for 15 years. he hid that he liked little boys. I will never forget is comment , " sleeping in the same bed with them is beautiful in brings us closer. ' sure does like that is normal for a 40 plus year old sleeping with a little boy and saying it brings are love closer you bleeding hearts really bought that bs line. You were so much in love with his talent and being an icon you did not care if he was a pedi. dummys